Many Shades Darker

Unbeatable fairness-see the results in just 7 days.” The jingle of a certain fairness cream, which I am sure you might have guessed, played before the video on Youtube – ‘How to get self-tanned correctly’. Do you see the irony?

Fairness has always been a subject of beauty and social status, especially for Indians. If you are an owner of a dark skin, you might be confused as poor or ugly, no matter how beautiful features you own. Whereas, in the western part of the world, people make efforts to get tanned and fall in love with it. So, the question here is, why can’t Indians love and live with what they have already been blessed? Why do they have to be so obsessed about fairness?

The origin of this obsession lies back in the roots of history, in the era of Shakespeare. If you read his creations, you will find an obvious inclination towards the women with fair skin. He equated ‘Fair’ with ‘Beauty’. And right from that period, fair skin has become a fascination. The advertising of skin whitening products has encouraged it. And the most pathetic version of this obsession came when a certain intimate cream emphasised on whitening those areas of a female body. This is plain annoying, to say the least. Continue reading

I Wish

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Sometimes I wish I could be a little kid again,

So whenever life gets tough I could always play pretend.

I wanna go back to the time when Santa did exist,

And my wishes were a long list.

When Disney world was the best place to be,

When only my mom was the closest to me.

When my biggest problem was learning to write my name,

People didn’t change and my friends were the same.

Every time I was sad or had a bad day,

I could just run to mumma and it would all be okay.

I wanna go back to no hurt no pain; just laughter,

When everyone always lived happily ever after.

Happiness – A peep into my Thoughts

Are you happy? Ask yourself that question again and again, till your heart answers you. Because the mind will always give you a biased answer.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

Happiness is not the smile that people see on your face. It is something that your eyes reflect. And it is not measurable by the things you own or the life you live. You may have all the wealth in the world but if you cry yourself to sleep at night, you are not happy. You may be surrounded with the most awesome people but if you still feel lonely, you are not happy. You may have the perfect job, but if you want to run away from your office in the middle of the work, you are not happy. You may have Mr Perfect as your life partner but if your heart still does a flip-flop on seeing your high school crush, you are not really happy.

Then what is happiness? Can someone really define it? Can someone find it? It’s a huge world. So, shall we pack our bags and go out in search of happiness? Continue reading